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Program Background:


To establish a 5 year Newark Public Schools (NPS) / New York Red Bulls and the US Soccer Foundation (USSF) partnership. The partnership aims at providing positive youth development and healthy lifestyle instruction via the game of soccer.


· Soccer is currently being played in several schools as part of the NPS Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Programs
· The above partnership has put soccer pitches at Belmont Runyon, Rafael Hernandez, Marin and Sussex Ave Community School
· Soccer is the #1 growing sport within Newark, NJ
· Both NY Red Bulls & USSF have a presence in the city of Newark

After hosting the World Cup in 1994, people declared that soccer had arrived in The United States. American fans knew the stars, knew the game, quickly MLS was formed and everything seemed to be in motion. But these things take time. It took basketball and football decades to grow to what they are now.

It all starts with young fans playing the game. In 2016, soccer has that. Around 3 million kids play in U.S. Youth Soccer leagues. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, MLS is now more popular than MLB. In fact, among that age group only basketball is more popular.   Credit: HuffPost 4/20/16

Research has shown that when children play sports and apply learned skills such as focus, teamwork and positive competition to their everyday interactions, they increase their ability to be responsible and successful both in the classroom and in their everyday life.